on the fiddle

on the fiddle
Meaning
Engaged in corruption.
Origin
In the Navy, or perhaps any ship in years gone by, sailors received their meals on a square plate with a raised edge called the fiddle. I they were to overfill their plate they were said to be 'On the fiddle'.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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